Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Instructor

I come from a film and television background. Most of my career work has been as a writer/editor. I have recently made the move into interactive content production, creating educational apps for kids.

Philip J. Boyle

Associate Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Philip Boyle joined the University of Waterloo in July 2014 after spending two years in the Department of Sociology at York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology (2011) from the University of Alberta and has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (Philadelphia) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK).

Linda Carson

Linda Carson, MFA, MSc, PhD

Continuing Lecturer

I came to the University of Waterloo for the first time as a teen-aged student. I'm proud and bemused that my journey brought me back here to teach. I have taught all across campus, including in Arts First, Digital Experience Innovation, Fine Arts, Global Business and Digital Arts, Independent Studies, Knowledge Integration, and Psychology.

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Tabatha Dominguez

Lecturer

Tabatha Dominguez is a Lecturer for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo. She is one of the founding faculty members and is currently the Head of Business.

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Raymond Drainville

Assistant Professor
Ray concentrates on digital media and visual culture.

Daniel Harley

Assistant Professor

Daniel Harley teaches digital media and design at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

Kevin Harrigan

Lecturer, Stratford | Head of Gambling Research Team

Kevin Harrigan is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in multimedia and computer game design and conduct research on slot machine addictions. 

Hira Javed

Hira Javed, BBA, MDEI

Instructor | Sr. UX Researcher, Digital Factory at Scotiabank

Hira joined University of Waterloo in 2012 and teaches User Experience Design for the Global Business and Digital Arts program. Her area of interests includes digital memory, online communities, ephemeral messaging, gamification, and user experience research.

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Christine McWebb, PhD

Director and Professor

I am the founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford School and have enjoyed this work tremendously. Building a wonderful campus (yes, I did have to wear a hard hat at times during the construction phase of the campus) and brand new programs from scratch has been challenging and extremely rewarding. I would do it all again!

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Stratford | Associate Professor, Stratford / Communication Arts

Lennart Nacke is an Associate Professor and the Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute. Professor Nacke teaches User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design at the University of Waterloo. He is researching cognitive and emotional elements of player experience in video games, often using physiological measures together with surveys and player interviews. Lennart is also working as a gamification and user experience contractor. Professor Nacke has served on the steering committee of the International Game Developers Association Games User Research Special Interest Group, is the chair of the CHI PLAY conference steering committee since 2014. His publications have won Best Paper Honourable Mention (awarded to the top 5%) and Best Paper Awards (awarded to the 1%) at the premier human-computer interaction conferences CHI 2011 and CSCW 2012. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 7,000 times. He strongly believes in understanding users first to build more engaging games and compelling player experiences.

Karin Schmidlin

Karin Schmidlin, MDM

Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design

Karin is a passionate teacher, she loves being surrounded by smart, driven students that inspire her and keep her on her toes. She feels very fortunate that the things she loves also pay the bills. She brings 14+ years of design and digital media experience to the table and currently teaches User Experience (UX) and Applied Leadership.

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Lecturer, Associate Director Undergraduate Studies

Trained in history and business, and supplemented with business practice. A teacher for two decades now, broken by almost a decade as a manager of a company. Enjoyed meeting people and making them contented customers, but found teaching young adults even more of a challenge and stimulating. Try to be passionate about every course, regardless of the content.

My wife and two daughters keep me rooted.

Tobias Thielen

Tobias Thielen

Lecturer

Lecturer, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

Associate Director Graduate Studies, Stratford | Associate Professor, Hybrid Media, Stratford/Fine Arts

Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose practice investigates urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her current research investigates the ways that sound reveals spatial and social conditions within cities and how these conditions may be articulated through networked performance, gestural interaction and data visualization. Before coming to Waterloo, Thompson taught courses in sound, media and urban practice in the Department of Visual Art at Brock University and the Department of Media Study at SUNY at Buffalo.

Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson

Associate Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Jennifer Whitson is a sociologist who researches the secret life of software, the people who make it, and how both change our daily lives. Her current projects centre on digital media incubators, indie game makers, and on the surveillance implications of data-driven design, respectively

Vivian Yang, PhD

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics

Before I joined University of Waterloo, I worked with Deloitte LLP as a Senior Manager in transfer pricing (prices for intercompany transactions within multinational firms).

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, PhD

Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Leah teaches User Experience Design and Research at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background bridging academic areas such as human-computer interaction, computer science, and graphic design.

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